The title, Industrial Landscapes, sounds like an oxymoron, except that, more and more, the border grows blurry between the natural environment and the one created by the constellations of industrial machinery that define the spaces in which we live. Queens, N.Y., native qi peng has a sensibility born out of the most industrialized, cosmopolitan urban space on Earth and has been deeply affected by the industrial facade of the postmodern city. Just a small part of a portfolio that includes paintings, photographs, works on paper and even interviews, this series of drawings is an integral part of his body of work.
The exhibition leads off with a lecture by the Yale graduate on Dec. 19, and here’s a small sample of what qi peng is likely to impart: “My series of industrial landscape drawings reflects an incessant interest in the nature of serial representation based on sociological cues. I decided to work on a more personalized series of urban or isolated building/object/structure drawings that reflect an interest in the impact of humanity on the environment and the shifts within our cultural desire to have something new and fresh at the expense of recycling lost history.”
Thus, his work is a form of aesthetic reclamation, transferring his impressions of these kind of “landscapes” to the relatively minimalist scenes of the Wasatch Front—as he describes them, “monumental landscapes where nature and machine/man-made buildings intersect.”
Industrial Landscapes by qi peng @ The Gallery at Library Square, 210 E. 400 South, 801-524-8200, through Jan. 29, 2010.